Santa Monica College (SMC) has received a $1.39 million community-based job training grant in health care from the U.S. Labor Department that will be used to develop an online program for nursing students.

SMC is one of three community colleges in California to receive money under this grant program.

Development of online courses will help SMC admit more students into its widely praised nursing program, which is filled to capacity and always has a long waiting list, says Ida Danzey, SMC assistant dean of health sciences.

Nursing students will continue to receive their clinical training in hospitals, but many students will be able to complete many of their courses online.

“I’m thrilled we’ve received this grant,” Danzey said. “It’s quite an honor and will help make our program even better than it is.”

Danzey said the grant will also allow the college to purchase new software for the online courses, such as a human patient simulator that allows students to perform a variety of patient care functions, such as giving injections, on the computer.

Projects receiving funding include high-growth industries such as healthcare, construction, advanced manufacturing and energy.

This is the second grant within a month that the college has received for its nursing program.

Last month, SMC received a $1.09 million state grant to help nursing students.

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